Ganesha is most revered deity in Indian Mythology.His typical look with the head of an elephant is his most important identity. Ganesha is the son of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati, and one of India's most loved deities. He is normally depicted as either standing, sitting or as dancing Ganesha .
Hindu mythology tells us that one day when Parvati went to bathe, she asked her son, Ganesha, to guard the area. When Lord Shiva returned, Ganesha refused to allow him to enter the house. Enraged, Lord Shiva beheaded his son. Later, he promised Parvati that he would bring Ganesha back to life by restoring him with the head of the first living creature he came across. This happened to be the elephant. Ganesha is, hence, the elephant god, with the body of a man and the head of an elephant. Ganesha is also called Ganapati (Lord of the Hosts), Vinayaka, Ekdanta, Heramba, Vigneshvara (The Lord Destroyer of Obstacles). The image of the dancing Ganesh is called Nritya Vinayaka.
His vehicle is the rat or mouse. This symbolizes the suppression of negative tendencies, qualities and thoughts in a person.
Ganesha is depicted as having four arms. This is because he is believed to have created the four kinds of
- Rangoli-Folk Art
- Religion Craft
- Mirror Work in India
- Sculptures from Khajuraho
- Realism in Indian Art
- Chess Game in India